Rozalie S. Gibbs



Rozalie Virginia Sappington Gibbs died May 17th 2007 at age 84 after a short illness. As she wished, she died at home under Hospice care, with her family by her side.



Rozalie was a resident of Ashland until she moved to California's Monterey Peninsula in 1998.



She was born June 18th 1922 in Columbia, Missouri, the youngest of a family of 13 children. She moved to Los Gatos while in her teens, graduating from Los Gatos High School in 1938, where she met her future husband, whom she married in 1942. She also attended The University of Missouri at Columbia from 1938 until 1941. After raising their four children, she graduated from San Jose State in 1970.



She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Sappington and her father Admiral Dot Sappington, and also by her husband of 61 years, F.M. (Tim) Gibbs who died April 1st 2003.



She will be deeply missed by her family, including her four daughters - Cathy Chappelle of Fair Oaks, CA; Marcia Gibbs of Santa Cruz, CA; Nancy Busick of Gilroy, CA; and Kelly Keir (with husband Richard Keir) of Carmel, CA. She also leaves behind three grandsons: Tony Chappelle of Sacramento, CA; Spen Busick (with wife Tina Busick) of Elk Grove, CA; and Andrew Trotter (with wife Abby Trotter) of Carmel Valley, CA.



She has three great grandchildren: Jonathan, Tyler and Macey Busick of Elk Grove, CA. She leaves a sister, Dorothy Holsinger of Columbia, Missouri and a brother, Brad Pyle of Fort Myers, Florida. Many nieces and nephews also survive her.



Rozalie was a published poet and playwright, whose lifelong passion was the written word. Her short stories were often witty portrayals of real life family occurrences. Politically minded, she was dedicated to speaking out against the current war in Iraq. Her letters to the editor displayed her courage, compassion and high intellect. She was fearless yet modest, always putting others before herself. Her friends have described her "quiet strength". She was a true gentlewoman.



She was a member of the Unitarian Church of the Monterey Peninsula.



In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at: 1390 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102.



The family would like to acknowledge the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for their invaluable help.